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Morphine

Morphine is an opiate found naturally in opium (derived from the opium poppy). It is a depressant or sedative drug that slows down body functions such as heart and breathing rate. Morphine is a strong and effective analgesic used in treating moderate to severe…

Opium

Opium is the name given to the milky latex that comes from the unripened pod of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum).  When harvesting opium, the poppy pods are scored with a sharp blade and the latex that oozes out is…